Sky High Stakes by Ted CliftonSky High Stakes by Ted Clifton

Sky High Stakes

byTed Clifton

Paperback | May 11, 2016

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Murder and greed visit the high country...

Tired of spending his days fishing, Ray Pacheco takes on his second assignment with his partner Tyee Chino when the state Attorney General asks them to find out just what the hell is going on in Ruidoso, New Mexico. With the town’s sheriff in the hospital with a mysterious illness, acting sheriff Martin Marino is running rough-shod over everyone around him.

What seems like a simple assignment becomes more complicated when Marino is found dead, shot at close range. The suspects include most of the town, from Dick Franklin, manager of Ruidoso Downs racetrack, to bar owner Tito Annoya, to members of the local law enforcement.

At the same time, Ray has an uneasy feeling that the AG is withholding critical details about what exactly is going on in Ruidoso—and why the state was so slow to respond.

It all comes to a surprising conclusion with the involvement of a Spanish princess, a drug lord gone mad, and a few other lowlifes... and leaves Ray wondering if maybe fishing wasn’t so boring after all.

Includes a bonus “Facts in the Fiction” section, discussing some of the real-life inspirations for the locations and characters in the novel.

For fans of mysteries and crime thrillers. Sky High Stakes continues the stories of Ray, Tyee, and Big Jack from the first book in the series, Dog Gone Lies.

Ted Clifton has been a CPA, investment banker, artist, financial writer, business entrepreneur and a sometimes philosopher. He lives in Denver, Colorado, after many years in the New Mexico desert, with his wife and grandson. Learn more about Ted and his latest books at or email him at
Title:Sky High StakesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.74 inPublished:May 11, 2016Publisher:Ted CliftonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927967732

ISBN - 13:9781927967737

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